I am coming upon the end of the year and the end of my prayer journal. With only a few more blank pages, and nothing urgent on my schedule, I decided to spend some time reading through my prayers over the past year and a half.
Often I think my prayers are too insignificant. I berate myself for not praying enough -- really, I should have filled more than one notebook by now with all the prayers this world has needed in the past 18 months. I think I should be praying for more people, for more burdens, for more grace. But today, I just accepted what was there, and I was overwhelmed by the work that I have seen God do. So many little answers to prayer that I just would have overlooked, that I literally forgot or didn't even realize He had answered, until I took the time to reflect on all that He had done.
So Joshua said to the people of Israel,
“How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?" I wonder if Jesus, our Joshua, is standing before us in the same way today.
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The manna came to an end. They never again got to experience that food coming directly from God's hand. Did they realize it would be the last time they got to eat it? Did they savor those final bites?
Here again, I stand before a valley, and darkness looms. So, I decided to take a survey trip to find the light in the darkness.
God knew this challenge was coming. He didn't start preparing for it last week like some of us did. He knew what I needed to make it through this. He was working even these bad situations to bring something good to my life--to grow my faith in Him.
I've also been thinking about tests of faith. I've been hyper-aware of the tests I've faced as I have had to decide if I will trust God or succumb to worry and fear. And if tests of faith counted toward my report card, I would not want to show it off to anyone after this quarter's results are in.
When I trust in my Savior, I can walk through the storm. I can see His power and His majesty through it all. I can have peace.
Jesus way means giving up on some things, make no mistake. But we have the benefit of knowing that the One asking you to make the sacrifice truly knows the reward is far greater. You don't have to be afraid of making a bad deal.
I have realized that most of the Christian life this side of heaven is made up of waiting -- a realization which will drive me either to sanctification or insanity depending on how I choose to handle it. Because, waiting? It always feels like such a waste.
Consider the ravens. They let God feed them
Who do you say that He is?
Good soil doesn't just happen, it takes hard work.
On this trip through the gospel of Luke, I've been tempted to think that Jesus just went out of His way to be contrary. He's always telling everyone they've got it all wrong.
So I will consider my questions. I will lay them before Him and search for His answers. And no matter what they are, or if they never actually come to me in this life, I will keep clinging to the One who knows them all.
So, what was the big deal? This question is crucial, because it's the same one I'm faced with when tempted to sin.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
The shepherds headed to the stable, all because God sent the angels to let them know Jesus had arrived.
Each day from now until Christmas, I invite you to read a chapter of Luke along with me, and consider what your thoughts and knowledge have to do with following Jesus.
We walked some trails yesterday. It was 50 degrees in the last week of December, and we wanted to enjoy it. So we got in the car and traveled out to Stoney Run. We followed a trail we had taken before, then another that we hadn't. We stopped at a pond, climbed a hill, took … Continue reading Follow the Trail